TBD With LDT, Ep. 35: “TBD With Amy Seeley”

RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2018

The one and only Amy Seeley is on the podcast today!  Amy is an actor, an improvisor, a writer, an educator, an empowering force in the Universe, and a founder of Chicago’s Factory Theater — amongst other things. She and I sit down for an absolutely heartening, inspiring, dee-lightful conversation about life, learning, finding your voice, #metoo, improvisation, and a whole lotta other great stuff. There’s a reason why Amy Seeley is a favorite human of many, and you can hear why on this week’s episode of TBD With LDT.

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TBD With LDT, Ep. 34: “TBD With Bethany Saint-Smith”

RELEASE DATE: December 12, 2018

Bethany Saint-Smith is a singer-songwriter, a poet, an autobiographer, a mother, a survivor, a force of nature — and a piece of the Universe glowing brightly. Of her singing, The Supreme’s Susaye Greene said, “Bethany has the instincts of an aged American blues singer. There’s a tug in the heart when you hear her sing that grabs you and makes you wonder what she’s lived through. She reminds me of the earthy Odetta of 60’s Folk-rock fame, or of Nina Simone’s scathingly sophisticated perceptions of life.” Bethany and I sit down and discuss life and barriers and human relationships in what will hopefully just be one episode in a series of talks with this incredible artist. Follow her on bethanysaintsmith.wordpress.com and find her on Facebook and Twitter.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 33: “TBD With Greg Sidnam”

RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2018

Greg Sidnam is a fellow MFA in TVFT student at Cal State LA, a technician, a director, a former actor, and one of those people who gives meaning to the term “don’t judge a book by its cover.” When we first met in Fall 2017, we probably wanted to punch each other in the face a little bit. But the thing about listening to others is that you often learn that there are more similarities between us than anyone could imagine. This episode is about life’s journeys, the unexpected paths that this life of art will take you on, and how it’s never too late to make discoveries and open yourself up to new experiences. We also argue about how graphic novels are NOT (and are) comic books…because everyone should read Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

DISCLAIMER! From 12:03 – 12:39, there is a high-pitched tone that comes on over the PA system in the room we were recording in.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 32: “Religion, Identity, and Letting Your Light Shine” With Jeremiah Ripley

RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2018 (day before my 36th birthday!)

On this episode, I once again sit down with Jeremiah Ripley, a fellow MFA Actor at Cal State LA, and this time we dig deep into matters of queer identity, politics, acceptance, awareness, representation, and more. Progress was made in the midterm elections, but our world still has work to do — and some of that work starts by letting ourselves and one another shine, just like mama Marianne Williamson taught us.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 31: “Theatre Is My Church”

RELEASE DATE: October 31, 2018

…aaaaand we’re back from Unexpected Hiatus Due to Life as an MFA Acting Student! The past few weeks have been tough ones, not just because of an intensely fulfilling school workload, but also because our country–our WORLD–is in a state of tremendous upheaval. Over the past two weekends, I was privileged to sit in the audience of two theatre pieces that resonated with me strongly, not only because of their own depth and breadth, but because of the intense connection and reflection on current events and current mindsets. Truly, these were reverential, sacred experiences, akin to the transcendent moments that occur in a church, temple, fellowship hall, mosque, or other places where people gather in faith. If you are in the LA area this weekend, you have a chance to partake of one of those experiences — Sarah Mantell’s “Everything That Never Happened” is in its final weekend of performances at Boston Court in Pasadena. GO SEE IT.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 30: “I Believe Women”

RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2018

TW: This week’s episode centers on the current national narrative surrounding Ford/Kavanaugh. This was not an easy podcast to record, and I understand if it’s not easy to listen to. I’m worn down and worn out by the crushing weight of anguish and anger, I’m tired of saying the same things year after year, I’m broken apart because every time a high profile abuse/assault case has come to light, more and more people I know are stepping forward with their own stories — men and women — so many, that it almost feels as though I may not know ANY woman who has not experienced sexual abuse/assault. And do you know what would (will) be even more heart-breaking than learning that all the women I know have been abused/assaulted? When I learn that, I will not be surprised for even one moment. Not because I don’t know good men, or because I hate men, but because of the history of our world, our justice system, and our legacy of victim-blaming, shaming, and demeaning. We need to do better. We need to raise ourselves and our children better. We need to do some soul searching as a species.

TBD With LDT, Ep. 28: “Stretching Helps Us Grow”

RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2018

August 20th marked the beginning of the 2nd year of my MFA, the first semester of the Teacher Training program, and Joel’s first year at CSULA. On August 15th, I got word that my dad had a stroke and was in the hospital. He’s doing okay, all things considered, and these past few weeks have been big ones. Balancing the emotional/mental/physical workload of school is already a big journey; getting to be a part of my Dad’s life during this is a journey all its own. This episode of TBD With LDT talks about stretching — how life stretches us, pushes us, and how growth often comes with growing pains as we stretch through and past the discomfort of unfamiliarity. Join me as I talk about some of the discoveries of the past few weeks. And as always, thank you for listening.